Top 6 Video Slot Machines – Hot List and In-Depth Reviews

Slot machines have evolved over the course of history. Most of us have been familiar with the popular mechanical slots like Double Diamond, 5 Times Pay, and Wild Cherry. These were a great set of machines to play, and many of us have enjoyed the clanging of the money coming out of the hopper. The only real problem is, as technology changes, so does individual preferences. This is where the video slot machine comes in. It’s nothing terribly new, probably been around the last fifteen years or so, but they have been met with such incredible fanfare. Folks wouldn’t have to worry about having dirty hands from corralling all of the quarters. In addition, there are great bonuses to enhance the gambling experience and to keep them in the casino. It is of course this is the plan, so be wise and use your better judgement when making the trip to local casino and know when to quit.

What I’ll be covering in the following is a list of some of the hottest video slot machines in the casinos right this moment. I’m not going to pitch a fail safe way to win and beat the odds, it just doesn’t make sense as all the machines are on a computer generated statistical payout. But by using good judgement and taking into account what each game has to offer, gamers can have fun and have a much better chance of making a profit.

Let’s get started with some of the hottest games:

#6- Twin Win (IGT)-A great game with an oceanic flavor, great looking artwork and very clever gaming dynamics. There are 15 lines to play and you can play in denominations from pennies to quarters. There isn’t a formal bonus round in this game, which killed it’s ranking a little, but the real excitement comes in the twin single symbols. Winning one line can actually win you twice for that line. I’ve personally seen some huge hits, even when betting small amounts. There are plenty of Twin Win machines around and one I recommend trying out.

#5- Sun And Moon (Aristocrat)-This game is real easy to understand and features quite an easy bonus to achieve. The actual game play graphics suffer in comparison to what IGT offers, but nonetheless well laid out. Features an Aztek inspired theme, all one would have to do is get two scattered Sun and/or Moon symbols on adjacent reels from left to right to initiate the bonus. Two symbols get you 5 free spins, three will get you 10 spins, four gets you 20 spins and if you’re lucky enough to get five symbols then your prize is 50 free spins. All winning lines are at 2x pay of course and there is a chance to re-trigger some free spins.

#4- Coyote Moon (IGT)-Another well thought out theme based on wolves and Native American culture. This game has innovative stacked wilds that give the player a huge opportunity to win some big jackpots. The bonus is obtained with three bonus symbols in reels 2-3-4. And that gets you five free spins with the possibility to retrigger the bonus. The only problem I have is the number of lines this game has. A player can bet up to forty lines and max out the total bet at 1000 coins, yikes! Not for the faint at heart, but pays big when it hits. Also recommend Wolf Run, this game is virtually the same.

#3- 50 Lions (Aristocrat)-I would say this is more similar to Coyote Moon in concept. The only difference is that the stacked lion symbols are not wild. A fun game as well, and more easier on the pockets, max bet is only 500 on this one. Three red flower symbols on reels 1-2-3 get you 10 free spins. And, this is where the real fun begins!! Not only do you have the stacked lion symbols in the bonus, but there are also stacked wild diamond symbols. Hit a nice jackpot and the machine graphics run wild with gold coins flying everywhere. This game is a little bit more forgiving than the previous 3 and pay out bonus rounds quite frequently.

#2- Davinci Diamonds (IGT)-This is a fairly recent release but simply a gorgeous game with outstanding graphics that are pleasing to the eye and feature revolutionary gaming dynamics. Game is themed around classic art paintings of Mona Lisa and company plus wonderful looking precious stones. Game has what IGT calls it’s “cascading” reels feature as the symbols simply just fall off the top of the screen into winning combos. The bonus is achieved when three bonus symbols line up on an active payline on reels 1-2-3. The player is then greeted with six free spins and every additional three bonus symbols drop gets the player more free spins. Winning payout is fairly high on this machine as one out of every other spin gets you at least your bet back. A very fun game with no other competitor.

#1- Lotus Flower (IGT)-This game is literally fresh, about a month or so old. The first time I experienced this game, I was stunned at how well and fluid the gameplay was. I chose this as the number one pick as it contained a great balance in all the categories. Symbols include face card letters and numbers from playing cards and other mystic symbols like fish, babies and lotus flower wilds, all the symbols are stacked by the way. Grab the bonus by getting three of more lily pad symbols scattered on any reels. Three bonus symbols get your 10 spins, four gets you 15, and five gets you 20 spins. In the bonus, all of the non-playing card symbols count as wilds. Stack them all together and win a megaton. I found this game to offer great odds and the best chance of walking away with some good money.

That rounds out this months hot list. And one thing I didn’t take into any account are the progressive video slots like Wheel Of Fortune, Price Is Right and so on. The forementioned games have terrible odds at hitting consistent wins, the whole chase of hitting the progressives dropped the statistical odds through the floor. Nor did I recommend any mystery progressive machines. And most of us are familiar with Fort Knox, Jackpot Party, etc. know what I mean.

Data was gathered for this review by surveying 155 people who regularly play slot machines. Let me know what you think of the hot list/reviews and please feel free to comment on what improvements can be made. Maybe next month, I’ll use your comments to base an April 2008 hot list and adjust accordingly. Conclusively, have fun and gamble responsibly!

All About High Roller Casino Bonuses

High roller bonuses are given to players that deposit a large some of money when signing up at a casino. The deposit amount can be $500 or even more. Players who choose high roller casino bonuses are known as high rollers. High rollers are usually the wealthy gamblers who want to have better odds of winning and a higher percentage payout which they would normally not get if they chose the low deposit bonuses. They are treated much better by the casino and enjoy privileges that other players don’t. Players who choose high roller bonuses also enjoy quicker withdrawal of their winnings and higher wagering limits.

High roller bonuses are of two kinds: Cashable high roller bonuses and “Sticky” high roller bonuses. Cashable high roller bonuses are awarded to high rollers who pass the wagering requirements set forth by the casino. “Sticky” high roller bonuses are bonuses that can be used to bet on a game and a player can keep any of the winnings he gets from using this type of bonus. But he is not allowed to keep the bonus.

Choosing a casino whether it is an online or offline one that offers a player good high roller bonuses is not always easy. Checking the terms and conditions of the high roller bonuses offered by a casino is one way of finding out the best payout rate and wagering requirements offered.

Rushmore Online Casino uses the Real Time Gaming software. This casino offers a 98.42% payout rate which is considered quite good when compared to most of the other online casinos. The highest amount a player can deposit when signing up at the Rushmore Online Casino is $888.

Break Away Casino is another casino that uses Real Time Gaming software. It is an online casino of Playsafe Holding AS and has the Master Gaming License to operate an online casino issued by the Justice Department of the Netherlands Antilles. This casino encrypts credit card transactions of its players by using the 128-Bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology which prevents any fraud or theft of a player’s credit card information by third parties. They offer a few types of lucrative bonuses that is for new players and one is the $25 no deposit bonus, and the other is the 100% matching bonus up to $250. Another plus point about this online casino is that they make same day payouts unlike some of the other online casinos.

Landbrokes Casino is a licensed online casino and is one of the few virtual casinos that have registered with the Internet Control and Rating Agency (ICRA) which helps to monitor and prevent under age gambling. This casino restricts players from Germany, Italy and the USA and allows players from Netherlands to only place bets on horseracing, greyhound racing, casino and poker bets offered by the casino. It is one of the best casinos on the internet. If a player deposits £7500 or more every month, he gets to enjoy the VIP benefits offered such as having access to the Silverstone Grand Prix, Royal Ascot, and FA Cup Final and being able to wager £10k on Baccarat, or £10k on a Blackjack hand and up to £500 per number on a Roulette game.

High roller casino bonuses will always be sought after by wealthy players and other players who can afford it once in way. But the chances of winning are the same as in games where the player is offered low deposit bonuses.

Playing Online Slots the Smart Way

We all dream of playing slots and hitting it
big. We all know that it is possible to wager a small amount and become an
instant millionaire. However the reality of playing slots, be it at a land
based or internet casino is that you play until you have no money left to play
with and possibly feel disappointed that you played. It does not have to
be like this. Even in a game like slots, that is largely a game of chance,
there is a way to play smarter and more successfully.

Here is a strategy to help you improve your
success rate when you play online slots.

Stop playing when you are ahead – know when
to stop playing.

When playing slots there is a good chance, that
at some stage, you will be ahead. It may not be a lot of money, but you
are in the money. What most players tend to do is hope that they will win
more, so they keep playing. Its pure greed that keeps players playing. And
what usually happens is they play back all that they have in the hope of winning
big (or bigger).

The fact of the matter is that the longer you
play, the greater the probability that the casino will win. So don’t be greedy
and don’t play for too long. Know when to stop playing.

Play slowly and determine upfront what you
want to achieve in playing.
Determine how many hours you want to play
for as well as how much you would like to win. If you determine this
before playing and stick to it, the chances are you will have a more rewarding
playing experience.

Establish realistic and achievable goals and
stop playing once you achieve your goals.
For example, lets assume you are
happy to play $100 on a slot machine, and you want to make $25 000. This
is not very realistic. You may make $30 and can walk away from the machine
with $130. That’s a 30% return!! Where else can you make 30% in such a
short space of time. You need to be realistic and stop playing when you
are in the money.

However, your goal may be to make your $100
last for 2 hours, than play for 2 hours and stop thereafter, whether you are
ahead of the game or not. You have achieved your goal.

Know your machine by reading the payout
table.
Before you begin to play an unfamiliar machine, read the payout table
and other information. It will tell you how many coins to play for he maximum
payout. Its horrible to see the jackpot combinations come up and you have not
played enough coins to win.

We can summarize what is required to play
successful slots by referring to the term “discipline”. You need to be
disciplined to know when it is time to stop and stop. You need to set
realistic playing goals and stick to them. Play slow, know your machine
and stop playing when you have attained our goals. You may not win the big
one, but you won’t lose either and your playing experience will definitely be
more rewarding.